Curbside Recycling Guidelines
Your recycling collection is referred to as “single-stream” recycling. This means that all recyclables go into your recycling cart together and do not need to be sorted. Materials are sorted at a single-stream sorting facility after collection.
Break down, remove any contaminants (Styrofoam, wood or food) and place cardboard in your Curby Recycler.
NOT ACCEPTED: wax-coated boxes, 6-, 12- or 24-pack beverage cases
Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Tubs & Containers
Items should be clean and dry. Includes bottles and jugs with narrow, threaded neck; plastic tubs (margarine, sour cream, etc.); microwave trays; and yogurt containers.
NOT ACCEPTED: plastic bags, paper- or wax-coated milk or juice cartons, foam containers/packaging, syringes, garden hoses/rubber, furniture, pools, toys, buckets, laundry baskets, barrels, free-flowing liquids
Place newspaper, magazines, direct “junk” mail, first class mail, other printing and writing papers, phone books and envelopes loose in Curby Recycler.
NOT ACCEPTED: plastic bags, string, twine, stickers, coins or plastic stuck on papers
Metal Cans & Aluminum
Includes tin and aluminum cans and aluminum foil and trays. Rinse clean and flatten.
NOT ACCEPTED: paint cans, appliances, hangers, fencing, scrap metal, aerosol cans or containers with food residue
Boxboard includes items like tissue boxes, cereal boxes and paper towel rolls. Break down and remove any contaminants (food, plastic or foil packaging).
NOT ACCEPTED: plastic, foam, wax- or foil-coated boxes, refrigerator or freezer boxes, including 6-, 12- or 24-pack beverage cases
Clear & Colored Glass Bottles & Containers
Rinse clean and remove lids. Labels may be left on containers.
NOT ACCEPTED: plastic bags, CRT glass (monitors or TV screens), light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, cups, bowls or plates
Recycling Information from Our Blog
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Here’s a term you may have never heard before: “wishcycling.” We’ll use it in a sentence. “Wishcycling has become a huge problem for the recycling industry.” Wishcycling is a catchy phrase that seems to have been coined by the president of a recycling company in Minnesota, and what it means is putting items in your… Continue reading
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